gopher ball


Definition of gopher ball

: a pitched baseball hit for a home run

Examples of gopher ball in a Sentence

a pitcher who has thrown eight gopher balls so far this year

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On the very next pitch, a 92 mph fastball, Kershaw served up a nearly identical homer to catcher Jeff Mathis, a .215/.277/.323 hitter with two homers in 203 PA; the four gopher balls matched his career high, set on June 19 against the Mets. Jay Jaffe,, "Dodgers Hang on to Earn Clayton Kershaw First-Ever Home Playoff Win," 7 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of gopher ball

circa 1949, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of gopher ball

baseball, informal : a pitch that a batter hits for a home run

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